The Presidency has warned aggrieved All Progressives Congress, APC members that dumped the party or those in court against its official candidates against linking President Muhammadu Buhari to their actions.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement titled, “For 2023, no Villa candidates, only APC candidates.”
Shehu said President Buhari will only support candidates of the ruling APC in the 2023 elections.
He added that nobody outside the party tent should link what they are doing to President Buhari.
The statement read: “The Presidency wishes to put it on record, and at the same time, reassure faithful party members that President Muhammadu Buhari remains a ‘disciplined soldier’ of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and will, in all the coming elections, support only those candidates fielded by the party and no other.
“This is a warning to decamped party members and some others who are still in court against official candidates of the APC that they are on their own and nobody outside the party tent should link what they are doing to President Buhari.
“The President wishes to be quoted as saying that he is the “occupant of the high office of the President by the Grace of God who used the instrumentality of the APC to bring him to power with a historic verdict in 2015.” In 2019, he was returned with a bigger majority.
“For the first time, a non-PDP government came to power with a huge majority after 16 years of the Fourth Republic. His constant refrain is: “I will not betray or undermine my party by supporting candidates other than those of the APC.”